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Early Years Strategy

This Early Years Strategy 2017-2020 continues the work achieved in the previous strategy (2014-17). It is an overarching strategy that encompasses Warrington’s statutory duties under the Children and Families Act 2014 and the Childcare Act 2006. It champions the vision for improving outcomes for our youngest children.

The first five years of life are critical to a child’s lifelong development. Children’s earliest experiences and environments set the stage for future development and success in school and life. Early experiences provide the foundation for language, reasoning, problem solving, social skills, behaviour, health and emotional wellbeing.

Over the past few years Early Years provision has increasingly become subject to prescriptive legislation and regulation. This means that the law sets out what support must be provided and how it must be provided. Services are inspected by Ofsted and are judged on the quality of service and support being provided to the children and families in their care and the difference which it makes to their lives.

Being at risk of poor outcomes can significantly reduce life chances and prevent social mobility. There are several powerful reports that highlight the need for early intervention to target support for children at risk of poor health, educational and wellbeing outcomes. Through this strategy, we aim to work in an integrated way with key partners to give the youngest children of Warrington the best start towards achieving their potential.

 

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